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May 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Drug clemency: Our system disadvantages the poor, minorities

Leonard Pitts in his syndicated column “A nation divided, with liberty and justice for some” [Opinion, April 27] describes the two-tiered system of criminal justice in this country. I would go further to say the laws and government of the nation are biased toward the middle class and wealthy and increasingly disadvantage the poor,…

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Comments | More in drugs, Income inequality | Topics: drugs, income inequality, Leslie Jordan

September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Unpleasant experiences The intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown is among the hot spots where violent crimes have tended to cluster. A Seattle Times study found that 119 incidents in four downtown police beats last month was the highest single-month total in the past five years. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times] There has been…

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Comments | More in Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

September 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Crime and public safety in downtown Seattle

War zone The south end of Westlake Center Park in downtown Seattle, is a crime hot spot according to police. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times] I read your editorial regarding downtown crime. [“Downtown Seattle feels unsafe. Fix it,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] Statistics are a useless measure. Downtown crime, the filth, a total open-air drug market, prostitution ……

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September 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Legalizing marijuana in Washington state and beyond

Pot should be legal everywhere The Cannabis Freedom March towards Westlake Park in Seattle, on May 11, 2013. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.] Dealing with marijuana, currently a federally illegal, controlled substance, has always been a serious struggle for our Congress as well as local governments. [“Coming soon: 334 pot stores in state,” page one, Sept….

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Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: controlled substance, drugs, federal law

August 29, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Downtown Seattle appalls visiting New Yorker

Bleeding-heart policy Former New Yorker Stuart Marvin’s pointed observations about Seattle’s grizzly downtown and his recommended solutions are right-on. [“Downtown crime shocks New Yorker,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 28.] But as someone whose migration pattern is the reverse of his — after 35 years in Western Washington, I moved to metropolitan New York — I know why…

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Comments | More in crime/justice, homeless, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

August 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Talking to kids about marijuana

Where’s the science? A cigar-sized marijuana blunt is passed around at a rally at Westlake Park, after the Cannabis Freedom March. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.] Teens are used to adults making statements about marijuana that are not true. This leads them to reject any advice from adults that might be true. [“Guest: What to tell…

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Comments | More in drugs, Marijuana, Politics, Seattle | Topics: awareness, children, dan labriola

August 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Crime in downtown Seattle

Drug crimes rampant The intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown is among the hot spots where violent crimes have tended to cluster. A Seattle Times study found that 119 incidents in four downtown police beats last month was the highest single-month total in the past five years. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times] Major crimes…

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Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown, drugs